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May 29, 2021

Bill aimed at keeping “critical race theory” out of Texas classrooms heads to the governor’s desk for final approval

Denton Record-Chronicle

Texas Republicans were claiming victory late Friday night, saying that they had successfully pushed through one of the most controversial education bills — which advocates said would make it more difficult to address racism in schools — despite last-ditch efforts by Democrats to kill the legislation through parliamentary procedures.

May 29, 2021

Agreement reached on election bill, Democrats claim they were left out of process

CBS Auston

After a process in which Democrats on the conference committee claimed they were essentially locked out from providing input, lawmakers have reached and filed a final agreement on major election bill Senate Bill 7, which has been no stranger to controversy and criticisms since it was first filed.

May 29, 2021

After House roadblock, GOP senators revive bill limiting school discussions of race, social issues

Austin American-Statesman

Republican senators sprang into action Friday night to resurrect a GOP bill limiting how race can be discussed in the classroom, paving over a roadblock thrown up by a Round Rock Democrat in the House.

May 28, 2021

State of Texas: Senator Royce West looks to move police accountability legislation

ArkLaTex

George Floyd legislation – The guilty verdict in the Chauvin trial is just part of the fight for accountability after the murder of George Floyd. Right now, legislation bearing Floyd’s name is stalled at the State Capitol. We speak with State Sen. Royce West, who filed the Senate bill, about the future of the act as well as his personal perspective on the verdict.

May 28, 2021

Fair Park renovation bill, SB 2181, awaits signature from Gov. Abbott

Spectrum News 1

The renovation efforts for Fair Park continue, and with the passing of Senate Bill 2181 in the House on Wednesday, lawmakers are one step closer to securing funds for the project.

May 25, 2021

State of Texas: ‘The most important thing we do’ Budget battle spotlights healthcare, education needs

KXAN

The Texas House passed its budget Thursday night after a marathon debate to decide how to spend taxpayer money over the next two years. The big takeaway is more money for education.

May 25, 2021

Texas Sen. Royce West doesn't see George Floyd Act passing Texas Legislature

WFAA ABC 8

Despite the guilty verdicts in the Derek Chauvin trial last week, West does not believe the George Floyd Act, which would institute police reforms, will pass.

May 24, 2021

State Rep. Julie Johnson said House Bill 3871 would expand healthcare coverage for 1.2 million Texans.

12 News

Texas state Rep. Julie Johnson, D-Dist. 115, is behind a bill that could give almost a million Texans health insurance if the state would expand Medicaid.

May 19, 2021

Black lawmakers say monument to Confederacy is an affront to their heritage and culture

Corpus Christi Caller Times

Democratic lawmakers seek to rally votes for bills to do away with Confederate iconography at the Texas Capitol.

May 19, 2021

Overhaul to Texas state employee pension plan unveiled and quickly advanced by state Senate committee

KSAT

A powerful Texas Senate committee on Monday unveiled and quickly voted out a major overhaul to the state’s employee pension plan.

May 12, 2021

Texas Senate fritters time voting on national anthem at sporting events

Culture Map - Dallas

The Texas Senate took on the national anthem on April 8 with a vote to approve the "Star Spangled Banner Protection Act," which would require any professional sports team that has a contract with the state government to play the national anthem before a game.

May 11, 2021

Lone Star Politics: April 11, 2021

Lone Star Politics

State Sens. Bryan Hughes (R-Mineola) and Royce West (D-Dallas) discuss an elections bill in the Texas Senate and Speaker of the House Dade Phelan examines his first session in charge.

May 10, 2021

Chauvin trial reactions: Texas leaders share what the guilty verdict means to them

KXAN

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Sen. Royce West stood in his office in the Texas Capitol, eyes glued to the television screen as the judge in Derek Chauvin’s trial read out the verdict: guilty on all three counts in the death of George Floyd.

Apr 25, 2021

Texas Sen. Royce West doesn't see George Floyd Act passing Texas Legislature

ABC 8

Despite the guilty verdicts in the Derek Chauvin trial last week, West does not believe the George Floyd Act, which would institute police reforms, will pass.

Apr 21, 2021

FOX 7 Discussion: Texas State Sen. Royce West shares thoughts on Chauvin verdict

Fox 7

Democratic Texas State Senator Royce West who represents the 23rd District shares his thoughts with FOX 7 Austin's Mike Warren after jurors in Minnesota found former officer Derek Chauvin guilty in the murder of George Floyd.

Apr 21, 2021

FOX 7 Discussion: Texas State Sen. Royce West shares thoughts on Chauvin verdict

Fox 7 Austin

Democratic Texas State Senator Royce West who represents the 23rd District shares his thoughts with FOX 7 Austin's Mike Warren after jurors in Minnesota found former officer Derek Chauvin guilty in the murder of George Floyd.

Apr 21, 2021

Chauvin trial reactions: Texas leaders share what the guilty verdict means to them

KXAN

Sen. Royce West stood in his office in the Texas Capitol, eyes glued to the television screen as the judge in Derek Chauvin’s trial read out the verdict: guilty on all three counts in the death of George Floyd.

Apr 16, 2021

GOP state legislatures move ahead with election security bills amid outrage over Georgia law

Fox News

Bills address topics from drop box security to private money being used to administer elections

Apr 11, 2021

Texas Sen. Royce West explains why he thinks the national anthem should be required

WFAA ABC 8

In a vote last week, Sen. Royce West was one of 11 Democrats who joined Republicans to require professional sports teams play the national anthem before games.
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